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Steam For Linux Has Its First Birthday Today!

Posted by , 6 November 2013 at 7:34 pm UTC / 11524 views
So today marks a whole year of having the Steam client on Linux, how will you celebrate or do you still refuse to use it?

For me it's opened a rather large world of gaming I otherwise wouldn't be doing.

Personally I would crack open a bottle of something but I have nothing left, so it's a raised glass a water to Valve from me.

What are you most looking forward to in future from Steam on Linux? Or if you shy away from it, why?
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tuxisagamer 6 November 2013 at 7:40 pm UTC
AAA titles on Linux.
Daniel 6 November 2013 at 7:44 pm UTC
More details on the streaming option for Windows games.  Was hoping to finally be able to kick Windows to the curve, but now it seems I will have to keep a second tower around just for the older games.
Sabun 6 November 2013 at 7:50 pm UTC
I celebrated it by purchasing Metro Last Light
fabertawe 6 November 2013 at 9:40 pm UTC
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I look at my extensive and expanding list of games and still can't quite believe it! It seemed such a long time coming, with all the rumours and now we're on the verge, with the SteamOS announcement, of an avalanche of (even more) great games
Anonymous 6 November 2013 at 9:52 pm UTC
Quote from tuxisagamerAAA titles on Linux.

Another big one is coming: Project cars !


http://www.wmdportal.com/projectnews/project-cars-races-to-next-gen/

Now I know steam machines will be able to compete with consoles
Iggi 6 November 2013 at 10:13 pm UTC
Still refusing to use it, and probably always will.

It's ironic, because they demonstrated all the disadvantages of DRM to me themselves: When I wanted to register an old retail copy of Half-Life 1 I always got the message that the serial number wouldn't be valid. When buying a second copy (because I really wanted to play that game again) this time I got the message that the key already had been registered, though the seller clearly (and believably) stated that the game was never played at all. In both cases the support staff was unwilling to transfer the keys to my account, so I have two copies now which I'm not able to play because of Steams DRM system. Great.

Being dependent on the good-will of Valve if they allow me to play a game is just unacceptable. Mix that with the fact that you don't _buy_ games, but only subscribe to the platform (where you can spend an unlimited amount of money, but will loose everything if you cancel the subscription) makes me wonder why anyone is willing to accept those terms...

*ranting end*
intok 6 November 2013 at 11:04 pm UTC
Quote from IggiStill refusing to use it, and probably always will.

It's ironic, because they demonstrated all the disadvantages of DRM to me themselves: When I wanted to register an old retail copy of Half-Life 1 I always got the message that the serial number wouldn't be valid. When buying a second copy (because I really wanted to play that game again) this time I got the message that the key already had been registered, though the seller clearly (and believably) stated that the game was never played at all. In both cases the support staff was unwilling to transfer the keys to my account, so I have two copies now which I'm not able to play because of Steams DRM system. Great.

Something is off about that comment, since I have a retail opened box copy of Counter Strike: Source that I picked up for about $0.10 at a yard sale, I tried the serial and low and behold it registered to my Steam account.
Mike Frett 6 November 2013 at 11:06 pm UTC
Well I was a HUGE supporter because it meant more Games and AAA titles. I racked up over 100 games before my brain kicked in and asked why I can't download a stand-alone version like Desura offers. And now with all the confusion with the SteamOS being a totally new flavor for devs to support, questions concerning whether those titles made for SteamOS will even arrive for regular distros have popped up.

I made a harsh comment on reddit about Steam when my brain wasn't in gear and I'm sure I was assaulted about it (I never checked) but I don't really care since I'm probably the only member there who actually uses Linux full time. I have a vested interest in Linux because I have no fall-back platform like they probably do. So I actually care if somebody is trying to step on our backs and use us. I care about Linux, but I can't say the same about Steam anymore at least until everything is crystal clear. So i won't be buying anymore games there and have been asking devs if they have stand-alone versions I can buy direct.

Obviously this is my personal opinion and preference.
Ivancillo 6 November 2013 at 11:28 pm UTC
I still refuse to use it too.

I don't like DRM.
Kame 6 November 2013 at 11:42 pm UTC
Quote from Mike FrettAnd now with all the confusion with the SteamOS being a totally new flavor for devs to support, questions concerning whether those titles made for SteamOS will even arrive for regular distros have popped up.

Valve has said quite clearly that SteamOS titles will work completely on normal linux distros.
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